- a writ from a superior court to an inferior court or to an officer, corporation, etc., commanding that a specified thing be done.
- to intimidate or serve with such writ.
Origin of mandamus
Examples from the Web for mandamus
They will move, therefore, in the Queen's Bench, for a mandamus—'Lord Kilgobbin
They rejected her application, whereupon she applied for a mandamus.
Then they filed a mandamus to compel it to do so, and brought the matter into the courts.
And, by the way, isn't there such a writ as a mandamus, or a duces tecum?The Paliser case
But, in 1774, he was an addressor of Hutchinson, and was appointed a mandamus councillor.Tea Leaves
- law formerly a writ from, now an order of, a superior court commanding an inferior tribunal, public official, corporation, etc, to carry out a public duty
Word Origin and History for mandamus
1530s, "writ from a superior court to an inferior one, specifying that something be done," (late 14c. in Anglo-French), from Latin, literally "we order," first person plural present indicative of mandare "to order" (see mandate (n.)).